(Sports Network) - Rookie Andrew Albers tries to put a miserable start behind
him on Sunday when the Minnesota Twins conclude a three-game series with the
Toronto Blue Jays at Target Field.
Albers will also be aiming to end the Twins' nine-game home losing streak.
Another defeat for them on Sunday would be the team's first 10-game home
drought since Sept. 15-29, 1957, when the franchise was still known as
the Washington Senators.
Toronto added to Minnesota's home woes on Saturday, as Adam Lind launched a
pair of three-run homers to help the Blue Jays to an 11-2 rout.
Lind's first homer sparked Toronto's five-run first inning, while his second
came in the ninth to put the finishing touches on the Blue Jays' fourth win in
their last five games.
"Adam's always been a good player for this organization," manager John Gibbons
said. "I don't know how the team will stack up next year. But I don't think he
needs to audition. He's proven himself over time."
Munenori Kawasaki knocked in two runs and Brett Lawrie collected three hits,
including a solo homer, to provide more than enough run support for J.A. Happ
(4-5), who scattered five hits and three walks while allowing just an unearned
run over 5 2/3 frames.
Oswaldo Arcia and Josmil Pinto each knocked in a run for the Twins, who have
dropped three in a row overall.
Kevin Correia (9-11) pitched well after his shaky first inning, but was
charged for five runs on seven hits over six innings to absorb the loss.
"They jumped on pitches early," Correia said. "It was pretty quick. Usually, I
can make adjustments, but they just caught me. There were a handful of guys I
hadn't faced, and so it was kind of a guessing game early. They jumped on a
few pitches and took advantage in the first."
Now the Twins turn to Albers, who opened his big league career by throwing 17
1/3 scoreless innings in two wins. However, he is 0-2 in four starts since and
has allowed five runs in three of those outings. His worst showing came on
Monday in Houston, as he allowed five runs and nine hits in just 1 2/3 innings
to balloon his ERA to 3.96. Amazingly, though, he did not get a decision in
his team's 10-6 win.
"Fortunately today (Anthony) Swarzak came in and really picked me up and the
offense, and was outstanding today and it makes you feel a little bit better
about it," Albers said. "But at the same time, you've got to be better."
Toronto, meanwhile, will counter with righty Esmil Rogers, who is 4-7 with a
4.76 ERA. Rogers was terrific in Arizona on Monday, as he held the D'Backs to
just one hit over 6 1/3 scoreless innings.
"He did a heck of a job for us; he really did," Toronto manager John Gibbons
said. "Just a great outing by him."
Toronto took two of three from the Twins earlier in the season.
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